Rahall Fights for Community Action Programs

From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release
Rep Nick Rahall (file photo)
Rep Nick Rahall (file photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday joined his House colleagues in support of Federal funding for community action and anti-poverty programs, urging that services for seniors be retained in the budget for next year.

“In this challenging economy, it is essential that we preserve the safety net for displaced families, especially for seniors on fixed incomes,” said Rahall.  “While tightening our budgetary belt, we must find ways to continue investments in community organizations that have been successful in fighting poverty and promoting self-sufficiency.”

Rahall signed a letter to the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations requesting $680 million for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, the same level of funding included in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget enacted into law last month.  Eighty-four House Members signed the letter.

The CSBG program provides federal funds to states in support of antipoverty efforts through a network of CSBG eligible entities.  States must submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the program, stating their intention that funds will be used for activities to help families and individuals achieve self-sufficiency, find and retain meaningful employment, and achieve greater participation in community affairs.

In 2009, the State of West Virginia received $7.8 million in CSBG funds.  There are eight Local CSBG Service Providers in the Third Congressional District:  Southwestern CAC, Inc., in Huntington; Mingo Community Action Partnership, in Williamson; PRIDE in Logan County, in Logan; CASE of West Virginia, in Bluefield; Nicholas Community Action Partnership, in Summersville; Council of the Southern Mountains, in Northfork; MountainHeart Community Services, in Oceana; Raleigh County CAA, in Beckley.


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